Dr. Lekha K. Desai is a vitreoretinal surgeon in New Jersey. She joined NJ Retina in 2019.
Dr. Desai completed the seven-year BS/MD Program at The College of New Jersey in Ewing Township, NJ, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her medical degree from the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in Newark, where she also completed both her internship in internal medicine and her residency in ophthalmology. Dr. Desai completed her fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the UC Davis Health Eye Center at the University of California where she received excellent clinical training and the opportunity to mentor medical students in ophthalmology.
Dr. Desai has received numerous honors and awards including the Father O’Reilly Resident Award for Compassion, awarded to a resident who provides excellent patient-centered care, and the Women in Retina Travel Grant. She is a member of many professional societies such as the American Society of Retina Specialists, American Academy of Ophthalmology and Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Desai enjoys volunteering to help provide underserved patients with necessary eye exams and spent several weeks in southern India providing vitreoretinal service at a charity hospital.
In addition to authoring several book chapters and being published in journals including Ophthalmology Retina, Dr. Desai has also conducted research on diabetic retinopathy.
She is proficient in Spanish and Telugu.
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